I love the first two for entirely the wrong reasons; I haven’t seen Demolition Man.
The first two are Paul Veerhoeven flicks. Veerhoeven proved he could do science fiction well with RoboCop, then proved he could do it badly with the others.
They’re solidly entertaining flicks witgh great effects, bt light years from the authors’ original intent (which, unlike other posters, I think counts for something, especially if you’re capitalizing on it by using the title and credit). as I’ve said before on this Board, Total Recall owes a lot more to Robert Sheckley’s “The Status Civilization” than to the Philip K. Dick story it’s nominallty based on. It really doesn’t make a helluva lot of sense, unless…
…you really do assume that this is all happening in Quaid’s head, as they suggest but coyly hint may not be the case.
I’m in the camp that thinks Starship Troopers is a blot on Heinlein’s memory, but let’s not get into that hashed-too-many-times argument. Nobody’s gonna change anyone’s mind at this point. But it is a phenomenal set of imagery and well-put-together storytelling that, again, doesn’t make a helluva lot of sense, regardless of whether you think it should be telling Heinlein’s story or presenting Veerhoeven’s anti-war allegory. So in either case, the only solution is to turn your brain off (or at least down) and look at the pictures.